Hope's East Hampton 'Tab Lab' Gets a Showing in Chelsea

Tabs on the floor and tabs on the wall as well as everywhere in between was the theme of the opening of Alice Hope's new show "Tab" at Ricco Maresca Jennifer Landes photos

     If you think the tabs on pop top cans are mundane subject matter,  Alice Hope will likely change your mind with a show at  the Ricco Maresca Gallery in Chelsea. There, viewers will find a range of tab-inspired artworks that either incorporate the small metal pieces of  flotsam, elevate the form to sizable hanging sculpture, or come up with other interpretations wholly unique to the artist.

     At an opening on April 3, Ms. Hope, who received her M.F.A. from Yale University, decorated the attendees with tabs on necklaces and temporary tab tattoos. Drinks (including the retro diet soda called Tab) were served in cans and patrons were asked to leave the tab in a glass recepticle.

     The inspiration came from Ms. Hope's engagement with the form, which her gallery notes is aligned with the golden ratio, as well as a 700-pound trove of them she found in one recycling bin. Struck by their accumulated beauty and significant associations to consumption, waste, and well-meaning  redemption, she got to work on the pieces in the show on view through  May 24.

The artist added back light to her amalgamation of tabs to create forms evocative of sea life or some strange mystical ectoplasm.
Alice Hope shows Ashton Farrington the tab tattoo before she applies it as Carol and Lee Farrington look on.
Ashton Farrington with her temporary tab tat.
A view of some of the works inspired by the tabs
Please save your tab from your TAB.
Red tabs attached to tiny metal ball chains that are attached to a box spring make for a dynamic sculpture.
Another view of the room
Alice Hope and Elena Glinn at the reception.
Carol Farrington sported her tab tat on her back.